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Easy, Fun Ways To Choose Your Baby’s Name

Mitchell or Maserati? Rachel or Riann? Whether you’ve had a baby name in mind since you were a kid or you’re clueless, these tips will make the decision simpler and far more entertaining. Let the brainstorming begin!
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Play the “This or that?” game. Start off with two names you like—say, Jana or Sophia—and ask your spouse to pick the one he likes. Then he hits you with another choice—Sophia or Lisette—until you have a keeper (well, at least for that day).

Think outside the Bob. Find inspiration from characters in books, songs, colors, seasons, words from other cultures and your passions, suggests Pamela Redmond Satran, developer of the online site NameBerry and coauthor of The Baby Name Bible. Kellyx (yes, that’s her real name) Nelson of San Francisco, who runs an environmental group, gave her son the name Spyder. “And we named baby No. 2 Cricket,” she says, “so Spyder wouldn’t be the only arthropod in the family!”

Go back in time. Ask a parent to make a family tree or do your own genealogical research to find great names. Satran, who has three children, named her daughter Rory—which means “red” in Gaelic—as a nod to her maiden name, Redmond.

Re-name yourself. A thought-provoking question: If you could make over your name, what would it be and why? Re-naming yourself (or your partner) will get you thinking about qualities that matter most: how feminine or masculine, how unusual, how ethnic, and so on.

Mix it up. Twilight fans know all about Renesmee Cullen, whose vampirelicious name is a mash-up of Renee and Esme, her grandmothers. Play around with your own combos, and feel free to mix boy and girl names.

Meet halfway. “We wanted an ‘M’ name after my dad, Michael, but my husband and I couldn’t agree,” says Marjorie Ingall, of Providence, Rhode Island. “Jonathan wanted Matilda, for Roald Dahl’s book of that name, but Dahl was a miserable person. I wanted Mabel, but Jonathan thought it was a dog's name. So we compromised on Maxine.” Agreeing may be tricky but as Satran says, “It’s good preparation for a lifetime of decisions you’ll have to make for your child!”

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 It only took my fiance and i about four months to pick out names. it was hard bc if i liked some thing he wouldnt like the same, we wanted something original but not to crazy. and it also depended on boy or girl... we had a boy. we went through four baby name books before finally going with Carson Allen. Carson being something u dont hear a lot and not to crazy and allen being my fiances moms maiden name. December 17, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I went with old family names and extending the husbands name .....I looked for hours at baby names online it was fun but in the end we came up with jonathan thomas my husband is john so i added more and thomas is a name at least 5 people from our family have either as first or middle names May 15, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My husband and i found out that even though trying to find a name is fun it can also be a chore, our first was easy because we had both had a name for each gender before we even met. lol but our second child was harder... I spent hours looking in baby books and online trying to find a name we would both agree on. I should have just watched movies like crazy.... we found both a girl name and a boy name that we liked on a couple of our favorite movies and you know what? Not every kid in our town has it, witch means later on in life we can shout their name and we wont get 50 heads turning in response :D June 15, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Having a name game is very hard to choose a name or names for the baby/babies that are coming into your lives. You'll say, "How about Igor?" Then he'll say, "I don't think so, dear." You'll come back with, "How about Morgan?" He'll say, " Na, is he a pirate?" Then you'll say, " How about Margarita? Or Margret?" "Na, too formal and not for her." "What do you think, anyways for a name?" Then he'll say, "I dunno!" Just keep thinking of names of both boys' and girls' names and don't get too stressed because you'll find out that you have all during pregnancy before committing to your baby's/babies' name on the birth certificate. February 3, 2011
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